R.M. Parker Jr.
American Steam tanker
|Name||R.M. Parker Jr.|
|Completed||1919 - Moore Shipbuilding Co, Oakland CA|
|Owner||Hartol SS Co, New York|
|Date of attack||13 Aug 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-171 (Günther Pfeffer)|
|Position||28.50N, 90.42W - Grid DA 9192|
|Complement||44 (0 dead and 44 survivors).|
|Route||Baltimore, Maryland - Port Arthur, Texas|
Built as Imlay for Malston Co Inc (C.D. Mallory & Co Inc), Dover DE. 1941 sold to Hartol SS Co, New York and renamed R.M. Parker Jr..
|Notes on event|
At 07.50 hours on 13 Aug, 1942, the unescorted R.M. Parker Jr. (Master Walter Ord Peters) was hit on the port side amidships at tanks #5 and #6 by two torpedoes from U-171 about 25 miles south of Isles Dernieres, Louisiana. Lookouts had spotted the wakes but too late to alarm the bridge. The explosions toppled the mainmast, buckled the decks and opened a large hole that flooded the tanks and caused a severe list. The engines were secured, a distress signal sent and the ship turned to starboard to cut the speed, while the armed guards had to leave the guns due to the heavy list. The eight officers, 29 crewmen and seven armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in and two .50cal guns) abandoned ship in three lifeboats.
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